Weighted Stuffed Animals: Why They’re Amazing

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Fun & Function (F&F) have been designing product for those with sensory difficulties for many years now, and they’ve become quite good at it. This weighted teddy bear is a perfect addition to those seeking a warm, fuzzy, and adorable companion to keep them company.

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It may not look like this real life, but this soft and cuddly sloth will calm away all your stresses. It’s perfect to help relieve restlessness, assist in falling asleep, and calming the nerves. All at a great price, making it well worth bringing it home.

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This monkey is one of the best weighted stuffed animals you can buy. It comes with all the bell and whistles and, of course, still provides all the benefits of a traditional weighted animal as well. It’s manufactured using only the highest quality material for maximum fluffiness.

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When you think of stuffed animals, you probably think of a light, fluffy creature kids can play. Not something that’s been specifically designed to be heavy. After all – why make a stuffed animal weighted?

There are plenty of benefits, which we’ll cover in detail further down, but one of the most prominent benefits buyers are after, is their calming effect. Weighted stuffed animals provides its holder with a calming sensation as the weight puts a slight pressure on the body.

This slight pressure is a classic therapy technique called Sensory Integration (SI). And it’s perfect for children that are restless, have trouble focusing, and may be a little uneasy when trying to sit still.

Although a heavy stuffed animal will be fantastic if you’re staying home and not moving much, it can cause a bit of a logistical problem if there’s a lot of movement. Which is when a weighted vest for your child will certainly come in handy.

If you’d like to know more about how a weighted animal can improve your child’s life, scroll further down. Otherwise, here are some of the best heavy, yet still cute and cuddly creatures available today:

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F&F Weighted Teddy Bear

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Fun and Function (F&F) have been in the therapy business for over a decade now. Providing solutions and products for children (and adults) who are a bit different to others. Their products are designed for one reason – to improve people’s lives. And they do just that.

This weighted teddy bear has been designed for all children aged 3+. As you can tell by its fur, it’s super soft and cuddly – meaning it’ll never get scratchy or itchy (if you take good care of it).

It’s 16″ tall in total and weighs 3lbs – the almost perfect weight for any child to easily manoeuvre yet still provide all the benefits of a heavy stuffed animal.

  • 16″ tall, weighing 3lbs total
  • Soft and cuddly fur
  • Only suitable for surface washing and air drying

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SensiPal Weighted Plush Sloth

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Sloths may just be the most adorable animal on the planet. The question of how their species has survived so long, given their lack of swift movement, remains to be answered. Either way, they make a great stuffed animal. And they’re perfectly sized to add a little weight to them as well.

This weighted sloth, is handmade by the SensiPalStore on Etsy. The weighted beads inside the sloth are double bagged for extra protection against any slipping out.

All up, it’s around 22″ long and weighs about 3.75lbs. A good weight, but a far cry from the heaviest real sloths that can weigh up to 25lbs.

Now, even though this sloth doesn’t replicate the real-life counterpart to the dot, it still makes for a cute stuffed animal. Add on the heavy weight, and it’s perfect for helping calm restlessness.

However, if the looks of this sloth just doesn’t cut it, they also have a plush monkey and a giant sea turtle available.

  • Handmade with lots of love
  • Double bagged weights for better protection

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Warmkins Weighted Monkey

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If you’re set on getting one of the highest quality weighted stuffed animal, this may be for you.

Warmkins, one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of weighted plush animals in the world, have created one of the best weighted animals available.

This monkey, on top of being made from high quality materials resulting in warm and cuddly hugs every time, comes will all the bells and whistles as well.

A removable insert can be heated or cooled in the microwave or freezer depending on your preferences. It also comes with detachable, adjustable slings – allowing it to be used as a backpack with a secret storage compartment.

It’s a perfect gift for anyone. But will benefit those even more with restlessness, anxiety, stress, trouble sleeping, and those just needing a nice warm hug anytime they please.

All up, it’s around 18″ long and weighs approx. 3lbs.

If you’re not feeling the monkey 100%, make sure to check out their adorable weighted giraffe as well.

  • One of the best weighted animals available
  • High quality and great design
  • Removable insert to warm or freeze

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CuddleCalm Cozy Weighted Puppy

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Looking for something heavy, yet still high quality and handmade? This weighted puppy is for you.

It’s made by CuddleCalm – one of the highest rated sellers of weighted products on Etsy. They’re rated to highly because they take their time with each of their creations, customizing them exactly to your specifications.

For this puppy, there are a huge range of different colors and textures you can choose from. Additionally, you can also choose the weight – starting at 3lbs and going up to 5lbs. There is a slight increase in price between the two ($4), but it’s well worth it if you want your animal to be heavier weighted.

The puppy itself is around 15″ long, with big floppy ears perfect for playing with.

  • Handmade with high quality material
  • One of the heaviest weighted animals you can buy
  • Customizable with many different patterns and colors

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Sensory Weighted Bunny

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You’ll be paying a bit more for this weighted bunny, but once it’s being cuddle by you or your child, you’ll know it’ll have been well worth the price.

The bunny, among other weighted animals they sell including a horse, a German shepherd, and an adorable fox are all handmade by the team behind Sensory Soothers.

All their weighted animals are made with some of the highest quality material, making them unbelievably comfy to cuddle and play with. They’re also one of the few designed to last a long time with heavy use.

They’re also available in a huge range of different weights. Starting off at a light 2lbs for the little ones, all the way up to 9lbs (by special order) if you’re after something quite heavy.

To sum it up, if you want the absolute best weighted stuffed animal, this is it. Almost nothing else available on the market compares.

  • Unbelievably high quality and handmade animals
  • Huge range of different animals to choose from
  • One of the heaviest weighted animals you can buy

Your 2020 Weighted Stuffed Animal Guide

Types of Weighted Animals

Weighted animals come in all different sizes, shapes, and of course, weight.

Typically, you’ll find the size of weighted animals no different to that of their non-weighted friends. Most of the animals you see above range between 15″ and 20″ in length/height (depending on the animal). It’s been found sizes in this range tend to fit both children and adults the most comfortably.

Weighted animals come in all shapes and sizes

As for the shape – it simply depends on the type of animal being purchased. There are plenty of upright animals (teddy bear, giraffe, bunny) and plenty of animals which are longer rather than shorter (sloth, bunny, dog). As for which one is better – neither is. They both achieve the same benefits all weighted animals achieve.

The only real difference is that weighted animals have been weighted with a material (usually beads or pellets) to give them a heavier overall weight. So, what’s the point of buying a weighted stuff animal? Read on.

What Are They Good For?

Weighted animals, on top of being utterly comfortable and an absolute pleasure to cuddle, provide a great range of benefits on top of traditional stuffed animals.

For one – they are great for anyone who’s a little bit restless. The heavy weight of the animal emits a slight pressure on the body when hugging or cuddling the animal. This pressure is a therapy technique used by many, to calm, relax, and relieve the carrier of any stress they’re carrying.

It’s perfect for those struggling to sit still or find it hard to focus on certain tasks. Of course, if you’re just after a warm cuddly feeling, they’re great for that too.

You’ll find it’s not only us humans that can benefit from weighted products like the stuffed animals you see here today. In fact, we’ve created weighted vests for dogs that do the exact same thing – help calm a restless dog in certain circumstances.

Can Adults Use Them As Well?

Yes – there’s no discrimination here.

Although most weighted stuffed animals have been designed for use by children, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with using one as an adult.

If it’s wrong to want to cuddle a warm and fuzzy animal. whilst being comforted by a sense of calmness, as an adult, then where’s the fun in being an adult.

Young adult using a weighted stuffed animal

Adults can, and should, do whatever they please that makes them feel better, so long as it doesn’t affect others negatively. And an adult using a weighted stuffed animal most definitely does not affect others negatively.

Of course, stuffed animals aren’t for everyone. And if you’re still looking to receive the same benefits of a weighted stuffed animal, why not try out a heavy weighted lap pad instead. They’re almost like a weighted blanket, but are slightly smaller, making them perfect for travel.

DIY Weighted Stuffed Animal

If you’re good with your hands and already have a stuffed animal in your home, or simply found the cost of the ones above not to your liking, you may be thinking if there’s any way you can DIY it. And there is.

There are a few materials you’ll need before you get started.

  • One stuffed animal
  • Pouch(es) to insert weight material into
  • Preferred weight material (beads or pellets)
  • Thread and needle

Simply place the weight materials into a pouch, gently open the animal, insert the pouch(es), and sew the animal back together. Of course, it’s easier said than done.

Want a more detailed guide? Check out this video:

Alternatively, you can have a read of this tutorial over at Hol Family or this one at A Day In Our Shoes

Conclusion

There are many different methods and techniques you can use to provide a calming effect either for yourself or your child. And a weighted stuffed animal is a perfect companion to do just that.

Not only are they a great tool to calm a restless mind and body, but they provide all the traditional benefits of a fluffy stuffed animal as well.

If you have any more questions about weighted animals, how they work, or what they’re good for – feel free to send us an email.

Enjoy your new friend!

Mike is one of the lead editors at Weighted Living and the author of this article. He's become fascinated with weighted products (a bit too much we think) and loves to see all the different ways they can improve our loves. He's written quite a few weighted product guides as well. If you like, you can check out all of his articles his profile - .